Verb achieve Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


achieve (third-person singular simple present achieves, present participle achieving, simple past and past participle achieved)

  1. (intransitive) To succeed in something, now especially in academic performance.
  2. (transitive) To carry out successfully; to accomplish.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To conclude, finish, especially successfully.
  4. (transitive) To obtain, or gain (a desired result, objective etc.), as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.
  5. (obsolete, intransitive) To conclude, to turn out.
  6. (transitive, now literary) To obtain (a material thing).

More definition: bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish, The police crackdown on speeders achieved its purpose. get or attain by effort; gain; obtain, to achieve victory. bring about an intended result; accomplish some purpose or effect.

1. to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain

2. to gain as by hard work or effort, to achieve success Derived Formsachievable, adjectiveachiever, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French achever to bring to an end, from the phrase a chef to a head, to a conclusionCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 14c., from Old French achever (12c.) "to finish, accomplish, complete," from phrase à chef (venir) "at an end, finished," or Vulgar Latin *accapare, from Late Latin ad caput (venire); both the French and Late Latin phrases meaning literally "to come to a head," from stem of Latin caput "head" (see capitulum).The Lat. caput, towards the end of the Empire, and in Merov[ingian] times, took the sense of an end, whence the phrase ad caput venire, in the sense of to come to an end .... Venire ad caput naturally produced the Fr. phrase venir à chef = venir à bout. ... From this chief, O.Fr. form of chef (q.v.) in sense of term, end, comes the Fr. compd. achever = venir à chef, to end, finish. [Auguste Brachet, "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]Related, Achieved; achieving.


Wouldn't it be foolish to abandon the carefully laid plans that had helped her achieve her goals in the first place?

How he expected to achieve that by feigning interest in the goats was a mystery, but at least he cared enough to make an effort.

Assuming she'd done all she was supposed to in order to achieve her goal, she would know his location within minutes.

Sometimes they achieve rare beauty by accident.

Ormazd will summon together all his powers for a final decisive struggle and break the power of evil for ever; by his help the faithful will achieve the victory over their detested enemies, the daeva worshippers, and render them impotent.

This family, four of whose members are noticed specially below, did not achieve more than municipal eminence until the time of M.

Here is what I think he meant: If you could see a theoretical possibility for something in physics—"something that might be true"—then given enough time, you eventually could achieve it in reality.

Precision agriculture involves collecting massive amounts of data, more than any human can process, and applying various algorithms, self-teaching in nature, to achieve optimum outcomes.

This is how our Founding Fathers intended our nation to behave: To try to achieve our foreign policy aims through negotiation and, if that failed, through economic sanctions.

But as his chief aim consisted not in carrying out his design, but in proving to himself that he would not abandon his intention and was doing all he could to achieve it, Pierre hastily took the blunt jagged dagger in a green sheath which he had bought at the Sukharev market with the pistol, and hid it under his waistcoat.

How was it that the Russian army, which when numerically weaker than the French had given battle at Borodino, did not achieve its purpose when it had surrounded the French on three sides and when its aim was to capture them?

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